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A glue-on transparent full face mask

Image credit: I Kall face shield

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 09, 2021
A lightweight, transparent full-face mask that is glued to the face with a reusable adhesive rather than straps. Applying heat makes it malleable so that people can reshape it to tightly fit their faces.

This is an attempt at improving a few already-existing solutions such as these. The proposed improvements are:
  • The mask begins just above the eyebrows. It covers the eyes, nose, mouth and ends at the chin.
  • no visible border around the mask, everything is transparent
  • no straps or strings to hold the mask in place
  • the mask sticks to the face with temporary adhesive that is just strong enough to keep the mask in place but can be easily peeled off
  • the mask can be heated with a hairdryer to become more malleable and reshaped to the wearer's face
Some additional features:
  • anti-fog coating on the polycarbonate
  • the adhesive can be reused multiple times before it has to be washed
  • made from thin sheet of transparent polycarbonate that can be heat-pressed into shape
  • the breathing valve is the only non-transparent component on the mask. It holds a DIY filter that is made out of a standard surgical mask and replaced when necessary (image below)

DIY filter made out of a standard surgical mask. The image shows Vinkyster full face mask:

Why?

A "place and forget" mask that protects your eyes, nose and mouth, while minimally bothering the wearer. It's also cheap/easy to maintain with the do-it-yourself filter.
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It might cause irritation in hot weather

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VAIBHAV KUMAR
VAIBHAV KUMAR Sep 19, 2021
This design could cause a greenhouse effect inside the mask cavity on a hot summer day. Just like a car parked under the sun, the heat would be trapped inside and would cause the feeling of discomfort and dizziness.
Glueing our face could also feel awkward since it might feel different when it is dried.
The improvements
  1. Could have to open ends for the trapped heat to ventilate out.
  2. As Darko mentioned about the fogging issues, it could be solved if the breathing case is in front of the user's mouth, in that way we do not have to exhale the air onto the face shield which will reduce the possibility of fogging.

Flexible masks that do not need glue to stay in position

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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Sep 09, 2021
The development I am suggesting is similar to the already existing ones. The only difference is that the mask will now be transparent as the above idea suggest. To make it fit tightly on the wearer's face, the mask will not only be hung on the wearer's ears but will also have flexible, padded clips that can be hung on the wearer's jaw and a small band can be extended from the mask to the back of the wearer's neck. The elastic property of the facemask will be what keeps the mask attached to the user's face. The material used should also have some memory so that it becomes harder to notice with repeated use. Filter from the original idea can be retained for parts around the user's nose.


The mask might not be suitable for men with beards

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 09, 2021
I imagine the mask would have a hard time adhering to a bearded face. Then again. there could be a version that is "glued" only to the upper part of the face.

The filter module

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 09, 2021
The breathing part with the DIY filter slot could be a module that is manufactured separately and then glued to the bottom of the face mask. It would not be transparent so that it can hide the makeshift filter inside.

The filter could be cut from any disposable mask (surgical, FFP2, etc) and stuffed inside the slot. That slot would be the only part for air to pass in/out from the mask. To maximize the breathable area while at the same time not hiding much of the face, the filter would be stretched around the bottom side of the mask. It should have holes or mesh at the front and be open at the bottom. Something resembling a car's front grill.


Anti-fog + anti-microbial combo spray

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 09, 2021
The easiest way to clean the mask would be to remove the filter cloth and spray everything with a spray that renews the anti-fog properties of the polycarbonate and disinfects the entire surface.

Or the old fashion water + soap + tissues.

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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Just found this https://youtu.be/oWIbpzgAKOY
same idea, different implementation
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Samuel Bello
Samuel Belloa month ago
The glue that will stick to human skin without falling off when the person sweats or moves around is going to have very strong adhesive qualities that the mask will not be easy to remove and put back on repeatedly. The available brands of skin-safe glues are all single-use types and they do not usually last long on sweaty skin.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Samuel Bello The mask would be so light and shaped to tightly fit the face that glue won't have to do much. Even moisture alone would keep it in place. I imagine a weak glue similar to that used on the post-it notes would be enough.